Tips for Choosing Elegant Formal Dresses

It is the time to shop for your school formal dress, have you prepared for it? There are thousands of formal dresses online you would find, but if you want to pick out the right dress at affordable price, it would be very hard. Then how to find the right dress? Don’t worry, follow the below suggestions, these would help you.

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Set a clear budget: Setting a clear budget, that takes alterations into consideration, is the best way to start looking for a dress. There are stores for every kind of budget from the most expensive to the least, but be prepared for not all dresses are tailored to every girl (being 5’0’’ this is a well-known fact) and some alterations may cost more depending on the fabric and embellishment of the dress.

Do your research in advance: This lets you find what dresses work with your body type, simpler dresses that you may fall more in love with than the extravagant gowns, and for some satisfies their mother’s need to put them in those atrocious, who-designed-that gowns. Visit places you may not expect to find formal gowns as well, even a bridesmaid dress is beautiful and works great for prom, plus many bridal stores carry a “Prom” or “Special Occasions” department.

Research a place for alterations: There are some stores that won’t trim your dress because it is too elaborate, or they charge outrageous prices. Take your time, especially if you know you are going to need it, and look for someone who will fix the dress for a fair price.

Shopping online: A tiny screen shot of a dress doesn’t do it justice and when it arrives on your doorstep you may find yourself reconsidering. Sometimes you find hidden gems when shopping online but unless you know for certain that the gown will fit you most definitely, try to find a place where you can try it on, or if you can’t measure yourself anywhere and everywhere.

Bring someone with you: I learned from experience that bringing along women who are very opinionated aren’t exactly the best to bring along. They tend to make the experience more about them and less about you. For some, it’s a magical experience where they really want to bring their mother or their dad along and make it like a fairy tale. Others would rather mom just hand them the enchanted piece of plastic and hit the mall on their own, or with friends.

Finding the Perfect Formal Dress

High school formals are a special and exciting occasion. They’re not only a celebration marking the end of 12 long years of schooling, but are also one of the biggest nights of your life and a “right of passage” into adulthood. With the help of our tips for finding the perfect formal dress, come formal night, you’ll be looking gorgeous in the truly stunning formal dress of your dreams.

Choose the perfect colours

Decide on the colors that best compliment your skin and hair. The perfect colors vary from one person to another. To help you decide, look at photographs of yourself and ask the advice of a friend. If your budget permits you might even choose to make an appointment with a professional stylist.

Create a look book

Get ideas about the type of formal dress you like by looking through fashion magazines and websites., and go pre-shopping. Keep printouts and photographs of the dresses you love. This will help you decide what you like and don’t like. When deciding on dresses, remember that simplicity can sometimes be best.

Set a budget

Set a strict budget and stick to it. Your formal is a big night in your life but it’s not worth spending all your savings on, or going into debt for a dress that you might only wear once. Formal dresses don’t need to be expensive to look great.


Decide on the shoes you’ll be wearing on the night. If you’ll be wearing heels, take a pair with you when you go shopping so that you get an accurate idea of the length. So you can really see what various dresses look like on your body,take a few different bras with you (strapless, halter, and racer back). Also bring a selection of jewellery you might choose to wear with you to get an overall idea.

Start shopping early

It’s a good idea to start shopping early in the day. There’ll be less people shopping in the morning and shop assistants will be able to spend more time with you. Shopping for formal dresses can also be stressful, so starting early means you can get more shopping done before you start to feel tired.

Don’t shop with all your friends

It’s fun going shopping with all your friends, but on this occasion, it can be a good idea to go shopping by yourself or with a family member. That way you won’t be competing for the same formal dresses that your friends might also like, and you won’t be overwhelmed with everyone’s opinion.

Choosing the dress

Keep searching until you find the perfect dress. Only settle for one that is perfect and makes you feel fabulous. Once you see a dress you absolutely like, be sure to ask the shop assistant to hold it for you. Nothing is worse than finally finding the perfect dress only to have someone else buy it before you do.

Have fun!

Looking for the perfect high school formal dress doesn’t need to be stressful if you get started early. It can be just as exciting as the formal itself – so have fun and have a great time on the day!